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Last night I pointed out Hamas' ambition to rocket Jerusalem. Then there's this: Rockets land in field outside Jerusalem as war looms over Gaza. Where's the outcry from world religious and political leaders about the potential destruction of Jerusalem? About the same place it has been from the destruction of Jewish sites in Jerusalem by Jordan in 1948-9, or the destruction since then in other countries of religious sites by fanatic Muslims. -- BTW, the above news link says the rocket landed just outside of Jerusalem. According to a London Telegraph report, the Iranian rocket landed near an Israeli town. Jerusalem is largely surrounded by Palestinian areas, which could have been hit. What if Palestinians had been or are hit? Will there be a protest against Pal on Pal atrocities?
There is this good news: The Obama administration and the US Senate are standing behind Israel's right of self-defense. The question is whether, if Israel must escalate, as it appears it well may, will the Obama administration flake out? Jonathan Tobin is pessimistic:
Hamas is also counting on the usual routine of international diplomacy to save them from the consequences of their aggression. Though the Obama administration, along with the West, is backing Israel’s right to self-defense, tolerance for Israeli counter-attacks is probably limited and it won’t be long before Washington joins Moscow in calling for a cease-fire that will rescue Hamas from having more of its leadership and its weaponry eliminated.
Read it all for more realistic pessimism about Israel's and Hamas' strategic positions.
I have no knowledge of the underlying forces at play, but I have suspected that Hamas and Morsi's Egypt are acting at this particular time because they see no danger of US involvement or serious support beyond some bland words.
The Elephant's Child
I'm with The Elephant's Child on this - This is a case of Hamas, Egypt, Iran, etc. are expecting Obama will do nothing. Afterall, it was Obama who bowed before Saudi Royalty demonstrating to the Arab world that the U.S. is subservient to the Arabs.